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Robert Faden

Emeritus Research Botanist
National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology
United States of America


City College of New York (1958-1962), B.S. cum laude in Biology, with special graduate honors in biology, June, 1962. University of Michigan (1962-1965), M.S. in Botany, December, 1964. Washington University, St. Louis (1972-1975), Ph.D. in Biology, December, 1975. Dissertation title: "A biosystematic study of the genus Aneilema R. Br. (Commelinaceae).

Research Interest

Commelinaceae (evolution, systematics, floristics, reproductive biology, anatomy, cytology), Flora of Africa, African biogeography, Reproductive biology, Plant anatomy, Seed dimorphism


  • Faden RB. Floral attraction and floral hairs in the Commelinaceae. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 1992 Jan 1:46-52.

  • Faden RB, Hunt DR. The classification of the Commelinaceae. Taxon. 1991 Feb 1:19-31.

  • Vignolini S, Rudall PJ, Rowland AV, Reed A, Moyroud E, Faden RB, Baumberg JJ, Glover BJ, Steiner U. Pointillist structural color in Pollia fruit. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2012 Sep 25;109(39):15712-5.

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